£5,000 Compensation for Food Poisoning on Holiday in Morocco

Author:
Paul Stevens
Associate Solicitor, Holiday Claims
Date:
12/07/2019

A Holiday Illness Case Study - Client Situation

A couple from Huddersfield were just a few days into their week-long all-inclusive holiday at the Medina Gardens Hotel in Morocco when they fell ill. They started suffering with vomiting and diarrhoea and the symptoms continued after they returned back to the UK.

After getting back home, one of the pair consulted their doctor, who arranged to take a stool sample. This showed that he had tested positive for Shigella, a holiday sickness bug typically associated with infected water, and Campylobacter - a type of food poisoning associated with contaminated meat and poultry.

How We Helped

The couple contacted our Holiday Claims Solicitors to help them make a claim for compensation against tour operator TUI UK Limited.

With the help of the couple’s own observations about their hotel, Associate Solicitor Paul Stevens contacted TUI and asserted that basic food hygiene standards had not been met. Among the issues the couple reported were:

      • Food being left uncovered for long periods
      • Fresh food in the buffet being mixed in with trays of older food
      • Not all of the food being cooked properly, including eggs

The Outcome

Our clients were awarded separate settlement awards for their water poisoning and food poisoning on holiday that added up to more than £5,000 compensation.

This was well in excess of the cost of their holiday in Morocco and reflected the severity of their illness, the loss of enjoyment of their trip and the wider impact their symptoms had on their lives.

Speaking after the compensation settlement was agreed, the couple were quick to praise our Holiday Illness Claims team, in particular Solicitor Paul Stevens. They described Paul as “very thorough and sympathetic when responding to any queries or concerns”.

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